Thursday, October 17, 2013

No, It Isn't Quite Over

It's over! the headlines shriek, and they accomplished nothing!

Well, the headlines are wrong. The idiot GOP accomplished plenty, none of it good. And even the "It's Over!!" part isn't accurate, because for my colleagues and me, the superfun part is now just beginning. I'll be going back to work this morning after twiddling my thumbs for 2 1/2 weeks, and I'm not looking forward to the damage control.

Yes, yes, apparently I'll be paid for the worst vacation ever, like a Band-Aid on a flea bite, but a cursory check of my emails at work reveals a few minor disasters that I'm sure don't seem minor to my clients, the innocent publishers and scholars on tight deadlines who are freaking the fuck out. Even from my tiny little cupboard of the federal government, little ripples of failure and frustration, all totally pointless and unnecessary, are spreading. And I'm one of the lucky ones at my workplace! My office mate, for instance, is royally screwed. My friends who are contract workers won't get paid at all for the period we were shut down. And they are hardly the Rich Uncle Pennybags characterized by idiot teabaggers and "conservative" news outlets. They are painting conservators, carpenters, gift shop employees living paycheck to paycheck, etc.

This is one time when I will allow myself to express righteous indignation, that tiresome tone I've worked all these years to avoid on this blog.

Stupid assholes. Fuck you.


Muscato said...

Preach, sister. it's not all about the goddam national parks. The whole thing stank, stinks, and will contine to stink for a good long time.

The Cat's Meow said...

Yeah, apparently all these people had to suffer so that John Boehner could keep his job and Ted Cruz could run for President.

Lulu, the Dewey Dame said...


Aunt Snow said...

I am so sorry. I was thinking of people like you and your colleagues while all this bullshit was going on.

dianegsocialist said...

I echo your sentiments here. The whole was completely pointless and asinine. And people suffered for it. I'm sad that you were one of them, Peter.

HRH King Friday XIII, Ret. said...

Ugh, get those two teatards off your page. Can't stand looking at them.

Comradde PhysioProffe said...

The NIH clusterfuck is only just beginning. There were dozens of peer-review meetings that need to be rescheduled as well as grant application due dates that were missed. And on the intramural side, fucke only knows how many months worth of expensive and time-consuming experiments have been lost.

These motherfuckers are anti-government terrorists: they intentionally created mass destruction of government activities in order to terrify people into giving in to their extremist political demands.

And of course our lovely "liberal" mainstream media reported the whole thing as if it was just ordinary political negotiations.